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Achievements

Alexis Baptiste (NEUP ’23) presented a research poster of her thesis project which investigates associations between trauma, neurocognition, and ethnic identity.

Zaria Rodriguez (NEUP ’23) gave an oral presentation and presented a poster of her research on the effect of social media usage on neural mechanisms of attention. Zaria also received an award for best undergraduate research poster in the division of Education, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

Well done, Alexis and Zaria!

China Dix (NEUB ’23) receives the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for achieving and maintaining the highest grade point average in the major. Alexis Baptiste (NEUP ’23) receives the Outstanding Service Award for demonstrating continued commitment to the Neuroscience program, College of Arts & Sciences, and university, as well as her extensive community service. Zaria Rodriguez (NEUP ’23) receives the Outstanding Research Award for her thesis research entitled, Examining the Relationship Between Social Media and Attention

Role: Director of Neuroscience, Director of Neuro Camp, and Associate Professor of Psychology

How long have you been at Loyola? 9 years (!!)

Favorite thing about Loyola or teaching? Definitely Loyola's student body.  Loyola students are bright, socially aware individuals who care about making a positive impact in their community. Coming to work and engaging with them every day is such a joy.

Come listen to Dr. Angeline Dukes give her talk titled Bridging Identities as an Addiction Neuroscientist and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leader on February 9th 12:30 - 1:30 in Monroe 410. Lunch will also be served.

In a paper published late last year, Dr. Grissom, along with colleagues from the Brain Institute at Tulane University, demonstrated that estrogen receptors remain active in the brains of mice even when the ovaries have been removed (OVX), and that neuroestrogens contribute to this activity for a limited time.

 

https://www.eneuro.org/content/6/5/ENEURO.0275-19.2019

During the summer of 2019, Lowell Smith, a senior in Psychological Sciences, presented work on cognitive changes and sex differences in stress hormone release in aged rats at the Society for Behavioral Neuroscience national conference at Indiana University.

Dr. Armin Kargol has published a two-part book series on Introduction to Cellular Biophysics (Parts I and II). It is intended as a textbook for an undergraduate course in Cellular Biophysics.

Part I: Membrane Transport Mechanisms is an inventory of physical transport processes occurring in cells. Part II: From membrane transport to neural signaling is a closer look at how complex biological and physiological cell phenomena result from these very basic physical processes. This two-volume book has been published by Morgan and Claypool in cooperation with IOP as a part of a "Concise Physics" series. It is available in print and ebook formats: Part OnePart Two

A collaborative effort between Dr. Kate Yurgil and her colleagues at Tulane, this review article critically examines research on the effects of music training on brain waves and working memory across the lifespan. The article was published in Frontiers in Psychology: Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience on February 21, 2020 and can be viewed at:

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00266/full.

 

Congratulations to Loyola University New Orleans Environmental Science and Biology students in Dr. Aimée Thomas’ research lab for successfully presenting their research at the 2019 National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development conference in Chicago. They competed in the Undergraduate Mentored Research poster competition. 

Katie Rompf, ENVB '20, placed 3rd in the competition for her research and was awarded a cash prize and a one-year membership in the organization. Her research focuses on the Brown Widow, Latrodectus geometricus, an invasive, venomous species of spiders whose population increases in urban and suburban habitats, including New Orleans. The Brown Widow secretes a neurotoxic venom that immobilizes prey by attacking the nervous system.

Group photo left to right: Mariana Kendall, ENVB '20, Chloe Dupleix, BIOL '20, Aimee Thomas, Sofia Giordano, ENVB '20, and Katie Rompf, ENVB '20

With ever-changing environments, how does the human brain make predictions of incoming sensory information? This project used electroencephalography (EEG) to examine electrical brain activity associated with pattern prediction of visual stimuli. Robert and his faculty mentor Dr. Kate Yurgil presented a poster of their findings at the March 2019 meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in San Francisco, CA.

This research earned Robert the 2019 Outstanding Student Research Award from the Department of Psychological Sciences.

Congratulations, Robert!

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